Teach English in El Salvador

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Kirsten Colquhoun
July 18, 2023

Contents

Introduction
Teaching Opportunities
Teaching Requirements
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Why Teach English in El Salvador

El Salvador is a small Central American country, between Guatemala and Honduras. It has a long and turbulent history in its relations with its neighbouring countries and the US, but after 12 years of armed conflict a peace treaty was signed in 1992 and the country is finally at peace. It has a tropical climate and though it experiences hurricanes and earthquakes, these have left the country with a certain untouched feel and a very dramatic landscape.

El Salvador is known for its seafood and surfing, but let’s not forget the quirky little fishing villages, colonial towns, historical Mayan sites or the unspoilt beaches. Water sports are the norm – paddle boating, water-skiing, wakeboarding – as is soaking in hot springs. It’s even possible to go volcano hiking. After a day spent outdoors, what better way to spend an evening than enjoying the local nightlife?

Teaching Opportunities In El Salvador

Spanish is the official language of El Salvador, though many people speak English and a small percentage of the population speak Izalco. El Salvador is undergoing serious development with increasing industrialisation and has a resulting booming tourism industry. Consequently, with this development comes a need for English.

If you have a teaching degree it’ll be possible for you to find employment at a private or international school, otherwise there are numerous language schools where you can find teaching positions; most of these can be found in San Salvador. Another interesting employment opportunity lies in the numerous US call centres which can be found here, and which are often looking for teachers to teach their employees English.

El Salvador is known for its ecotourism and there are numerous volunteering opportunities in this sector. Volunteers can look after dogs, care for turtles or teach local farmers about organic farming.

Teaching Requirements In El Salvador

Teaching English in El Salvador offers an enriching experience for educators looking to contribute to language education in Central America.

A BA/BS degree is required as a standard qualification for English teaching positions, ensuring a strong educational foundation. The typical contract length ranges from six to twelve months, providing a substantial commitment to both teachers and students. With peak hiring seasons occurring year-round, teachers have ample opportunities to find teaching positions at any time.

To work legally in El Salvador, teachers typically obtain a work visa, ensuring compliance with immigration regulations. English teachers in El Salvador can expect to work with a diverse range of students, including both students and professionals, providing a varied and rewarding teaching experience.

The average monthly cost of living in El Salvador ranges from 900 to 1,100 USD, offering a reasonable standard of living. Additionally, English teachers can anticipate an average monthly salary ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 USD, providing financial stability and the ability to enjoy the country’s vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality.

Teaching English in El Salvador combines the opportunity to make a positive impact on students’ lives with a competitive salary and an immersive cultural experience in a beautiful Central American nation.

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Great! You’re in the right place. The TEFL Academy provides the very best in accredited TEFL courses, meaning your qualification is recognised throughout the world. The TEFL Academy is the world’s leading TEFL course provider. We can help you acquire the skills needed to teach English as a foreign language. Check out our TEFL internships, volunteer placements and the thousands of jobs on our exclusive TEFL jobs board.

Contents

Why Teach English in El Salvador

El Salvador is a small Central American country, between Guatemala and Honduras. It has a long and turbulent history in its relations with its neighbouring countries and the US, but after 12 years of armed conflict a peace treaty was signed in 1992 and the country is finally at peace. It has a tropical climate and though it experiences hurricanes and earthquakes, these have left the country with a certain untouched feel and a very dramatic landscape.

El Salvador is known for its seafood and surfing, but let’s not forget the quirky little fishing villages, colonial towns, historical Mayan sites or the unspoilt beaches. Water sports are the norm – paddle boating, water-skiing, wakeboarding – as is soaking in hot springs. It’s even possible to go volcano hiking. After a day spent outdoors, what better way to spend an evening than enjoying the local nightlife?

Teaching Opportunities In El Salvador

Spanish is the official language of El Salvador, though many people speak English and a small percentage of the population speak Izalco. El Salvador is undergoing serious development with increasing industrialisation and has a resulting booming tourism industry. Consequently, with this development comes a need for English.

If you have a teaching degree it’ll be possible for you to find employment at a private or international school, otherwise there are numerous language schools where you can find teaching positions; most of these can be found in San Salvador. Another interesting employment opportunity lies in the numerous US call centres which can be found here, and which are often looking for teachers to teach their employees English.

El Salvador is known for its ecotourism and there are numerous volunteering opportunities in this sector. Volunteers can look after dogs, care for turtles or teach local farmers about organic farming.

Teaching Requirements In El Salvador

Teaching English in El Salvador offers an enriching experience for educators looking to contribute to language education in Central America.

A BA/BS degree is required as a standard qualification for English teaching positions, ensuring a strong educational foundation. The typical contract length ranges from six to twelve months, providing a substantial commitment to both teachers and students. With peak hiring seasons occurring year-round, teachers have ample opportunities to find teaching positions at any time.

To work legally in El Salvador, teachers typically obtain a work visa, ensuring compliance with immigration regulations. English teachers in El Salvador can expect to work with a diverse range of students, including both students and professionals, providing a varied and rewarding teaching experience.

The average monthly cost of living in El Salvador ranges from 900 to 1,100 USD, offering a reasonable standard of living. Additionally, English teachers can anticipate an average monthly salary ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 USD, providing financial stability and the ability to enjoy the country’s vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality.

Teaching English in El Salvador combines the opportunity to make a positive impact on students’ lives with a competitive salary and an immersive cultural experience in a beautiful Central American nation.

Start Your TEFL Journey With The TEFL Academy

Great! You’re in the right place. The TEFL Academy provides the very best in accredited TEFL courses, meaning your qualification is recognised throughout the world. The TEFL Academy is the world’s leading TEFL course provider. We can help you acquire the skills needed to teach English as a foreign language. Check out our TEFL internships, volunteer placements and the thousands of jobs on our exclusive TEFL jobs board.

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